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Best Weekend Bets: Choke, Untitled #19, and Rent

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FILM

What: Choke–the story of a sex-addicted theme park guide (Sam Rockwell) who creates elaborate scams to make money for his hospitalized mom (Anjelica Huston)–opens Friday.

Why: Film execs call this adaptation of Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s novel the season’s version of Juno, only darker.

Bonus: Catch the trailer here.

Details: Opens Fri. Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway. Greenwood Village Landmark, 5415 Landmark Place, Greenwood Village. $9.75-$12. For more information, call 303-352-1992 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com.

ART

What: CU Denver sculpture students pour molten iron into sculpture castings for the Denver Art Museum’s final Friday Untitled #19 (Pyro) event.

Why: This last Untitled of the 2008 season promises to warm up a cool fall evening.

Bonus: Swing by the cash bar, and hang around to hear the Playground’s experimental classical music and Analog Space DJs.

Details: Fri 6-10 p.m. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy. $10. For more information, call 720-865-5000 or visit http://untitled.denverartmuseum.org/pyro.

THEATER/FILM

What: Although Rent ended its 12-year stint on Broadway earlier this month, a taping of the final show makes its way to Denver movie theaters this week.

Why: This story about young, Manhattan artists and musicians struggling to comprehend AIDS won a Pulitzer, four Tony Awards, and three OBIEs (Off-Broadway Theater Awards).

Bonus: Next June, Rent‘s touring show comes to Denver.

Details: Through Sunday, times vary. UA Denver Pavilions, 500 16th St. $10. For more information, call 303-454-9086 or visit www.thehotticket.net.

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